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Parent's Page is SBGR Parent Newsletter about Early Learning. Issues are posted monthly.

MP900402587From the time a baby is born, a child’s brain begins learning important skills that are needed for future school success. These skills are best learned through active play experiences. Parents can help maximize early learning by choosing toys that encourage active participation and higher level thinking.

But what kinds of toys are best to help develop school readiness skills?  Smart Beginnings has great suggestions for toys that are not only fun, but will help your child be ready for school and ready for life!

  1. Value your child's questions.
    "Mommy/Daddy, why is the moon following us?" With this question, a child lets us know she is thinking about how the world works.

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Starting preschool or kindergarten is a special day for parents and children, and there's a lot you can do in the weeks before to get ready for the first day.  But try to keep your efforts low-key.  If you make too big a deal out of this milestone, your child may end up being more worried than excited. Here are some ideas from Smart Beginnings to keep the focus on fun. Here are some ideas from Zero to Three.org to keep the focus on fun.

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Early childhood education is critical to our community's future economic well being. It's a question of pay-now or pay-later. Research indicates that if children are prepared when they start school and reading on grade level in their early years, they're far more likely to stay on track and finish school rather than become a costly drain on the community's social service system. Those who finish school are much more likely to become contributing members of our workforce.

Joyce Waugh, CEcD
President, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce

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The United Way of Roanoke Valley serves as the fiscal agent for Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke.

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